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There is a time to hike interest rates, but not now

Cameron Bagrie
Wed, 10 Mar 2021

The interest rate on a savings account was about 0.4% in October last year and has dropped since.
Cameron Bagrie
Wed, 10 Mar 2021
Interest rates are still depressed but are well above their lows. Will borrowing rates follow? They should not, given a plethora of cheap funding at banks' feet, though banks may choose to step away from offering low five-year rates.The Reserve Bank of New Zealand still has the pedal to the metal buying bonds, offering cheap funding to banks, maintaining the official cash rate at 0.25% and dangling the possibility of the OCR going negative if needed.Covid uncertaintiesThe recovery is still contingent on considerable monetary policy sup...

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Retail Analysis
The chips are down: supermarkets off to shaky start
Pattrick Smellie | Thu, 21 Oct 2021

Supermarket owners struggled to address the questions the Commerce Commission put to them on the first day of the hearings on grocery market competition.

Primary Sector
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Auckland Airport takes aim at 'rushed' rent relief
Brent Melville | Thu, 21 Oct 2021

The airport has already paid out more than $185 million in rent relief to its tenants, and says proposed government changes need to be targeted for those who need it.

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Let's not lose sight of the wood for the trees

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